The frequent headaches and jaw pains I've been having lately tells me that I am clenching my jaw again. I don't even realize I am doing it until it suddenly dawns on me how *tired* my cheeks and jaw are from the tension. This probably means I am doing it in my sleep as well. Stupid stress.
So, today it's all about remembering the little stress relievers. ;)
Random moments in my day that remind me to
laugh a little, or at least unclench my jaw for a second or two. ;)
-I love the way that music - anytime, anywhere - can be such a mini moment of stress relief. I sing and listen to music all day long - in the shower, singing and dancing at red lights like a crazy person, during certain times of the day with the kids while they're working... the list goes on. There's just something about humming a little tune that instantly calms my nerves, even when the kiddos have me ON EDGE! ;)
-I've had this episode of Swamp People in our DVR for a week now, because it makes me laugh so hard every. single. time. I completely respect these guys and the way they live off the land, but you're nuts if this doesn't make you chuckle a little. It's about a 2:00 clip, but my favorite part starts around :48. Although, the beginning is pretty funny, too, a Bayou version of Bubba's "shrimp" scene in Forrest Gump.
-This one may be a little mean ;), but it's harmless and it really makes me laugh. Our smallest dog, Dexter, is SO much fun to mess with. :) For example, he will get up on the couch and spend forever moving blankets around, turning in circles, and trying to get everything just right for him to lie down. I will wait until he gets situated, curls up, lays his head down, and closes his eyes. Heehee. Then I scoop him up into my arms and smother him with hugs and pets. ;) He growls and licks my cheek at the same time... "Mom, I'm ANGRY, but I still love you... scratch my ear." Or at least I imagine that's what his puppy mind is thinking. ;) It cracks me up every time. Little stinker.
-Big bear hugs from my husband are the just cure for so many things. :) Hugs are such a simple thing, but they do soooo much good! I can be spitting angry or an emotional, crying mess and a great big, enveloping squeeze from him instantly calms me and brings me back to reality. ;) He's an amazing stress reliever.
So, while everyday life definitely takes it toll, I am blessed and have many reasons to stop, relax, and be grateful. Sometimes it's the little things that help you remember that. :)
So, today I will give my honey the biggest hug before heading off to 3rd grade, I will turn my radio up a little louder and sing my heart out, and I will be grateful to be alive and for the WEEKEND!!
What are some of your mini stress-relievers that get YOU through the day??